In the days leading up to the London Family Planning Summit (July 11) where world leaders will come together to pledge to invest heavily in family planning for the poorest women and girls around the world, the big question is: Why is contraception so difficult to access for millions of women? Why have governments been slow to invest in family planning, despite the clear benefits to women and girls most importantly, but to villages, cities - and nations?
And while this groundbreaking summit is focused on those women and girls who live in some of the lowest-income countries in the world, access to contraception can be challenging no matter where you live. The Guardian's global development blog, then, is asking readers to share their experiences and opinions about family planning:
Before the summit, we'd like to hear your views on the main obstacles to accessing contraception. What are the challenges in your area? In your community? What's blocking access for people around the world? What would you say if you had a place at the decision-making table?
Every day, they'll update a word cloud to give us a peek into what readers are thinking and feeling when it comes to trying to access contraception, whether in their own community or across the world. Today's word cloud offers a not too subtle message that clearly contraception is surrounded by barriers, frustration, need and want, economics, and stigma:
And if you'd like to not only share your thoughts, but pledge your commitment to ensuring that every girl and woman has the opportunity to determine her own future, or share your own story about how contraception has changed your life, visit no-controversy.com and join the thousands who have already taken the pledge!